my first thread, thought i'd see if anyone else has ever really investigated the stages of going from being awake to being asleep. When i was young i
noticed how when you wake up you never remember falling asleep, you just remember being awake,feeling sleepy and waking up. So over the years ive been
very conscious about trying to "monitor" or remember as far up to falling asleep as i can.
It's something that i doubt anyone else here does, but being mildly autistic it's something that amuses me and my brain finds it very interesting.I
have managed to fine tune it down to being able to experience dreaming before i guess you would be classed as sleeping. I'm conscious but my brain is
in the process of shutting down or falling asleep.
It's actually quite funny, this is how it goes:
my brain is always active, thinking,calculating non stop and often when i go to bed its a time when my brain is most active because the "real life"
side of me isnt doing anything so my brain can really work in peace. The following is what tends to happen to me, and the more you fine tune it the
more fun it becomes.
So, i'm thinking away, everything is fine and then you get to a certain point. Your thoughts start to get totally jumbled, just like how when you
dream you can constantly change location etc many times during a dream. So what happens is that it's almost like your brain closes up for the night
and instead of linking your thoughts to the correct images, or the correct words for what you want to say, it seems to get lazy and just throw
anything out there, perhaps the very first thing it comes across even slightly connected, meaning you go from one topic to another completely
different thing very quickly and easily, as each word you want to say becomes something completely different and so a different image is created.
So what i find happening is that im concentrating on one specific topic and i suddenly "wake up" after a few seconds because i realise that my
original thoughts have now turned into a completely different thing to what i was thinking about. At first its like you fell asleep for literally 5-10
seconds, but then my brain realises ive gone completely off topic and i re awake.
the huge problem in training yourself is that it is a very very very fine line to be able to tightrope walk along, because as soon as you become aware
that things have changed your brain engages again and the dream is lost as you reawake, the real skill is trying to monitor it in such a way that you
can enjoy the experience of the dream and be conscious while it is going on but without recognizing it enough to disrupt it.
Last night was the first time that i really experienced the very moment that things changed and it was actually by mistake. I was thinking about
something and i literally hit a point where i wanted to think specific things but what came out in my brain was completely different and i was like
"wtf?? i didn't want to think that", but i carried on and the same happened again very soon after, i was still conscious but couldnt control my
thoughts to become the words and images i wanted them to be. Itwas just after the 2 experiences that i realised that i had experienced the exact point
where your brain gives up for the night and starts its shutdown process.
After that i lied down and was just amused and fascinated by it and i experienced a lot more of the funny things as my brain switched in between
shutting down mode and reengaging mode. It's like i was able to walk the tightrope and enjoy the fun of the dream and the crazy stuff my brain was
producing without being too awake to re-engage my brain.
The big thing is that i knew i was watching and experiencing the dream, but i was still conscious and able to understand what was going on.
To a lot of you this might seem pointless and i guess im not really going anywhere with this but being mildly autistic i find it absolutely
fascinating and very enjoyable and the more i try to do it and train myself to do it the more enjoyment you get out of it as the dream is allowed to
progress longer and not be re awakened. You cant do it naturally and maybe no one wants to but what i find fascinating is that i was able to close
down the window from being awake>tired>wake up next morning with no other memories, to being able to experience funny dreams while still being
conscious. So i guess when people dream just before they wake up it is your brain starting to re engage just in the same way as it de engages when you
fall asleep, so its why its quite possible to dream before you sleep
, you just have to train yourself over time to be able to experience it
What i find funniest is when you know the word you were thinking of and you know the word that your brain actually produced, its funny to see what
words trigger what other totally unrelated words, thats why i enjoy experiencing it, to see what kind of mumbo jumbo dream comes out of the actual
topic i was thinking about
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